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US immigration policy must combine compassion and safety by Cardinal Sean O’Malley: “Too often, our public debates about immigration focus on secondary characteristics of human identity. Religion, race, ethnicity, and nationality are important, but they are secondary to human dignity and human uniqueness. The ancient religious belief that each of us is a unique creation of God has, in our time, been reinforced by the scientific knowledge of the unique character of our DNA. We cannot ignore this truth if we are to respond from our humanity to others in danger and in need.”

Is the call for Zika virus abortions the new eugenics? by Charles Camosy: “Instead of arrogantly insisting that developing nations must change their laws to suit someone else’s ideology, abortion proponents and the media would be better served by taking a critical look at the dark tendency here and elsewhere to turn to eugenics as a solution to a problem like Zika.”

Pope Francis v. the GOP by Michael Sean Winters: “The difference could not be more stark. Pope Francis, in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, called for justice for migrants and an economic structure that serves people before profits and measures its health by the degree to which it includes everybody. Meanwhile, the Republican party’s presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to see who can be the toughest on immigration and the idea that profit is not the final arbiter of economic relations is viewed not just skeptically but as a kind of heresy.”

A Syria policy that dare not speak its name by Michael Ignatieff: “This is where risk avoidance has led a conscientious, prudent American president — to a diabolical transaction in which he and his allies regretfully sacrifice the lives of innocent civilians in the name of the mistaken belief that the west’s only overriding strategic interest in Syria is the defeat of Isis.”

As pope winds up Mexico trip, thoughts on the big picture by John Allen: “In the United States, Wednesday’s border stop is likely to be viewed through the prism of the politics of 2016 and debates over immigration reform, but Mexicans value the gesture for another reason, too: Ciudad Juárez is also associated with their country’s epidemic of gang- and drug-related violence.”

Pope Francis Questions Whether Trump is a Viable Candidate for Catholic Voters by Artur Rosman: “The world does not lack the financial resources or land to house more people, but it does have a problem in distributing wealth and property.”

The Pope’s Border Policy by Kevin Appleby: “The right of the sovereign to enforce its borders does not give it the right to violate human rights in the process. The ends do not justify the means. States exist to protect the rights of persons—a responsibility that extends beyond their citizens.”

Justice Antonin Scalia’s Legacy by Michael Sean Winters: “Whether the Constitution is alive or not, the people whose government it intends to frame are most certainly alive and their circumstances change. Laws that cannot change with the lived circumstances of a people soon become disconnected from reality, and that disconnect will lead to the law being held in derision or ignored.”

How to Bring the Supreme Court Back Down to Earth by Emily Bazelon: “And so, here’s a question for President Obama, as he and his advisers are making their short list and checking it twice: Should the next justice bring a diversity of professional experience not currently on the court? Would a nominee who comes from outside the bench excite the country?”

50 People Killed In Airstrikes On Hospitals In Syria Including Doctors Without Borders Facility by BuzzFeed News: “At least 50 civilians were killed after airstrikes hit at least five medical facilities and two schools in northern Syria Monday, the United Nations said.  U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said victims of the attacks included children. He called the attacks “blatant violations of international laws” that “are further degrading an already devastated health care system and preventing access to education in Syria.””

Donald Trump is right. Pope Francis’s visit to the border is political. by John Gehring: “A pope who travels to the margins as a witness to God’s solidarity with the poor and vulnerable isn’t playing politics. He is following the Gospel.”

Judicial Nominee Backlog Mired in Partisan Politics by Luke Russert and Mike Brunker: “With the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, much of the nation’s attention is locked on who President Barack Obama will nominate to the Supreme Court and the ensuing confirmation battle. That has some judicial insiders concerned that another important judicial issue — filling vacancies on the federal district and appeals courts — will get short shrift until the political theater surrounding Scalia’s successor subsides. There are currently 81 federal judicial vacancies and 39 nominees pending, according to the U.S. Federal Courts.”

Terrorism or genocide? We should be fighting both. by Karen Attiah: “The past several years have shown that states do not have a monopoly on carrying out mass atrocities: Non-state actors and terrorist groups like the Islamic State, Boko Haram in West Africa and al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa region have also been perpetrators of heinous violence. However, R2P’s focus on the responsibilities and actions of states limits the international community’s ability to respond to these crimes. To fulfill the purpose it was meant for, the international responsibility to protect must evolve to also address populations that are suffering the brunt of terroristic, genocidal non-state actors.”